Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Montrose Chicken Pasta Dinner

Let's build a healthy tasty meal. Cooked tomatoes are good for you as is spinach. Boneless, skinless white meat chicken is a great source of low fat protein. Let's throw in some pasta to fill the meal out and what do you know? A good tasting inexpensive low fat meal!

This dish is named after a neighborhood of Houston TX. Back in 1991 it was the intersection of Homophobia and Aids Health Crisis. Find out about this part of our history in a short article after the recipe.

  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts, boneless and skinless (cut into 1" cubes)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 5oz fresh spinach
  • 4oz low fat cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 can tomato bisque soup
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (if you wish opt for a couple of jalapeƱo peppers, cut and the seeds removed)
  • ¼ pkg of pasta (I used rotini)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parisian cheese for topping.


Prepare your ingredients by chopping the onion and garlic, then cut up the chicken.

In a large covered skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add chicken cubes and cook, while stirring, for 5 to 10 minutes or until chicken begins to brown. 

Remove chicken chunks to a bowl leaving as much of the oil as possible in the pan.
Add the onions to pot. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes. Add chopped garlic during the last minute.
Pour in the can of stewed tomatoes and stir.

Add the spinach by handfuls at a time so they wilt down. Stir occasionally for about 7 – 8 minutes.

In a bowl mix the cream cheese into the tomato bisque soup along with crushed red pepper flakes (or jalapeƱos).

Add the uncooked pasta to the skillet along with the chicken. Pour in the soup mix and bring to a boil. Cover with lid, lower the heat to medium-low and let cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally and not letting pasta overcook. 

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

This makes a hearty one pot meal that beats anything you could get from a hamburger helper type of box!

For our music:

So honored to be able to serve my Master Indy


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes 


The Monsters in Montrose 


Paul Broussard was a 27-year-old Houston-area banker and Texas A&M alumnus. He was fatally attacked by a gang of youths outside of a nightclub on July 4th of 1991. The young men, nine teenagers and a 22 year old had gotten high on drugs and alcohol at a party in the suburbs and had gone down to the neighborhood of Montrose. The area was the one gay area in Houston, known as “homo heights”. According to stories they had been refused admittance to several night clubs there before pulling into a parking lot and finding Broussard and two friends walking home.
The youth asked them for directions to “Heaven”. The boys then reportedly jumped out of their cars and attacked the men with fists, steel-toed boots, bear claws and a knife.

The young banker was beaten and stabbed twice with a knife. Broussard suffered abrasions, puncture wounds, a broken rib, bruised testicles, and two stab wounds. As he lay on the ground, barely conscious, two of his attackers went through his pockets and took a comb as a souvenir!

That is when a second, perhaps more insidious attack happened. 1991 was almost ten years into the AIDS health Crisis. “First Responders” were notoriously slow to answer calls from Montrose for fear of “contamination”.

When EMS staff finally arrived at the scene, Broussard was still lucid and talking. For unknown reasons, paramedics determined that the severity of his wounds warranted low priority transport (no lights or sirens). As a result, what should have been an eight-minute trip took forty minutes. It was then another hour before a doctor could be located who was willing to address Broussard's wounds. Broussard latter died.

An expert medical examiner listed cause of death as both internal injuries as well as "a delay in treatment".

When Houston Gay Rights Leader Ray Hill confronted police about the case, he was told that they had no intention of solving the murder.

The public outcry was focused then on the boys, called "The Woodlands Ten". All ten were soon arrested and signed confessions without attorneys present. They were plea-bargained into prison without a trial. The court did order them to pay for Broussard's funeral.
Gay rights advocates, frustrated about being ignored and persecuted by city officials, marched through the streets and in front of the Mayor's home for several days in what became Houston's largest and long-lasting gay rights demonstration in history.

 "The Guy With The Knife"

A documentary film: "The Guy With The Knife" uncovered the pattern of delay in responding to the gay community in Montrose by Houston first responders (EMS and police). It recounts unfortunate advice that was repeated in Montrose during those years: "If you get hurt in Montrose, get in your car and drive some place else– and then call 911."

The story seems to take new twists and complications each year. However it is one of the many stories that make up our LGBT history. One which I urge you to discover.

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